Portland events calendar for August 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Portland, Oregon.

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August 2017
August 2017

Enjoy the best Portland events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Pioneer Courthouse Square in downtown Portland, Oregon.

Movies on a rooftop

August 1 - 24, 2017 (begins July 13)

0.5 miles NW

See films on a rooftop at Top Down: Rooftop Cinema Thursdays at the Hotel deLuxe, with local bands, cocktails, beer, and barbecue. No pets.

Concerts in the square

August 1 - 29, 2017 (Tuesdays at noon)

0 miles

Hear concerts at the popular Noon Tunes Summer Concert Series in Pioneer Courthouse Square on Tuesdays. Free.

Concerts on Main Street

August 2 - 30, 2017 (Wednesdays from July 5)

0.2 mile SW

Hear local musicians play funky soul to old-school country Wednesdays at Music on Main Street next to Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Free.

Indie roots music festival

August 3 - 6, 2017

17 miles SE

Pickathon offers a large lineup of diverse music (indie/roots, garage rock, folk, alternative country, bluegrass) on Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, with food vendors and camping. It also promotes ecology and recycling. No pets.

Thursday afternoon cruise

August 3 - Sept. 28, 2017 (3 p.m.)

0.4 miles east

Enjoy live music, views, a cash bar, and bistro food for sale on the Tribute Thursday Early Escape Cruise aboard Portland Spirit, departing just south of the Broadway Bridge, age 21+. Discount tickets $19.

Crawfish festival

August 4 - 5, 2017

13 miles south

Tualatin Crawfish Festival has a cook-off, eating contests, Saturday parade & run & dog show, weekend beer & wine, a kids’ zone, and stage shows.

Dancing in the moonlight

August 4 - 6 and 11 - 13, 2017

11.7 miles south

See an illuminated outdoor performance “full of traditional and invented aerial apparatus, athletic and technical dance movement, and acrobatics” at Art in the Dark at Mary S. Young Park in West Linn.

Movies in the square

August 4 - 18, 2017 (Fridays from July 21)

0 miles

Flicks on the Bricks shows films at Pioneer Courthouse Square at dusk, preceded by music at 7:30 p.m. Free.

Church festival

August 5, 2017

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Portland area churches offer singing and music, vendors, food, and family activities at International Praise Festival, Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free.

Japanese festival

August 5, 2017

3.5 miles SE

Obonfest commemorates ancestors with Obon dance, lanterns, children’s booths, Japanese food, beer, and sake at Oregon Buddhist Temple. Free entry.

Fremont Fest

August 5, 2017

4.5 miles NE

Fremont Street is closed from 41st to 49th for Fremont Fest, including a 10 a.m. parade of pets and kids on bikes, music stages, a kids’ zone, and 125 vendors.

Music & food festival

August 5, 2017

20 miles east

Soulful Giving Blanket Concert features live music, gourmet food, Oregon wine & beer, and vendors on 15 acres of meadows & forest near the Sandy River for age 21+.

Air and vehicle show

August 5, 2017

23 miles NW

See airplanes, cars, motorcycles, and military vehicles at Wings & Wheels, which includes a 16K race, a street dance, music, food vendors, a beer garden, and kids’ activities at Scappoose Industrial Airpark. Donation.

Hot Sauce Expo

August 5 - 6, 2017

1.2 miles SE

Portland Hot Sauce Expo has hot and spicy food vendors, craft beer, eating contests, and a Chihuahua beauty contest at 1 p.m. Sat. in the OMSI parking lot.

Minerals festival

August 5 - 6, 2017

16 miles NW

Rice Northwest Museum Summer Festival includes educational games, gold panning, jewelry & fossil vendors, exhibits, a visit from the Flintstone vehicle, live music, and food in Hillsboro.

Green living fair

August 5 - 6, 2017

68 miles south

Learn about sustainable lifestyles, renewable energy, organic gardening, small-scale farming, and green construction at Mother Earth News Fair in Albany.

Lents Street Fair

August 6, 2017 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

7.3 miles SE

Lents Street Fair has live music, food, beer, craft vendors, a kids’ area, a chicken beauty pageant, and the Belmont Goats at SE 91st Avenue and SE Foster Road. Free.

Oregon Trail 5K

August 6, 2017 (9 a.m.)

12.9 miles south

The Oregon Trail Game 5K and 8K is a scenic run through Oregon City with challenges along the way.

Vancouver Brewfest

August 11 - 13, 2017

9 miles north

Vancouver Brewfest has locally brewed beer, wine, cider, food, live music, and craft vendors at Esther Short Park. Requires age 21 ID. Repeats in March. Sign into Facebook to see their Facebook page.

Garlic festival

August 11 - 13, 2017

19 miles NW

Elephant Garlic Festival features garlic-flavored foods, arts and crafts, and live music in North Plains. Free.

Spiritual music festival

August 11 - 14, 2017

137 miles SW

Beloved Festival is an “open-air sacred art and music festival” with dozens of acts and yoga in Tidewater.

Alberta Street Fair

August 12, 2017

4 miles NE

Alberta Street Fair focuses on local products, artists, crafts, and foods. It includes an 11 a.m. kids’ parade, a kids’ corner, a beer garden, and three stages of entertainment.

Fossil festival

August 12, 2017

16 miles NW

Learn about fossils at Northwest Fossil Fest, which features lectures, displays, kids’ activities, and free entry to Rice Northwest Museum of Rocks & Minerals.

Kids’ obstacle race

August 12, 2017

28 miles east

Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles at Kids Obstacle Challenge at Rooster Rock State Park in Corbett. Parents race for free.

Bike or walk the bridges

August 13, 2017

Portland locations

Bridge Pedal is a 5-mile walk or 3 to 37 mile ride with stunning views from Portland bridges. Register early, and bring a helmet.

India Festival

August 13, 2017

0 miles

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of India at India Festival, with performances, food, and vendors at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Jazz in a vineyard

August 13, 2017

23.3 miles south

Hear seven Portland artists perform in the country, with wine, beer, and food for sale at Aurora Colony Vineyards Jazz Festival in Aurora.

Zoo concerts

August 16 - Sept. 9, 2017 (from June)

3 miles west

Oregon Zoo Summer Concerts feature world-class performers and include a same-day zoo pass.

Country music festival

August 17 - 20, 2017

90 miles south

Willamette Country Music Festival features big-name country music singers in the open air in Brownsville.

Hillsboro farm dinner

August 18, 2017 (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)

Location uncertain

The $95 Farm Fresh dinner features locally grown food, wine, and live music in Hillsboro.

Barbecue and tractor pull

August 18 - 20, 2017

27 miles NW

Banks Bar-B-Que and Tractor Pull includes tractor & truck pulls, BBQ sandwiches, a beer garden, parade, and a combine demolition derby in Banks. No pets.

Solar eclipse parties

August 18 - 21, 2017

Madras & Salem

Buy a ticket for a solar viewing party held in the path of the two-minute total solar eclipse. (Staring at the sun without a special viewer will damage your eyes.)
  • Aug. 18 - 21 Eclipse Festival offers parking, food vendors, music, camping, and often clearer skies in Madras than western Oregon.
  • Aug. 19 - 21 Oregon Solarfest at Oregon Gardens has live music and food vendors in Silverton.
  • Aug. 21 OMSI Solar Eclipse Viewing Party includes science lectures, entertainment, astronomy groups, and a special viewer to wear in Salem.

Adult soapbox derby

August 19, 2017

5 miles east

Watch adults in bizarre gravity-powered vehicles race downhill at Mt. Tabor City Park to win awards at the annual PDX Adult Soap Box Derby.

Doll and teddy bear show

August 19, 2017

11 miles SE

Shop for dolls, bears, and miniatures at Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show at Monarch Hotel in Clackamas. Repeats in Jan.

Bigfoot festival

August 19, 2017

17.3 miles east

The inaugural Oregon Bigfoot Festival promises Bigfoot exhibits, special presentations, guest speakers, food carts, merchandise vendors, and carnival-style games at Glenn Otto Park in Troutdale. No pets. Donation.

Wine tasting in Forest Grove

August 19, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

27 miles west

Forest Grove UnCorked features local wineries, artisan distilleries, micro-breweries, fine arts, and live music on Main Street in Forest Grove for age 21+.

Tasting in Salem

August 19, 2017

46 miles south

Pairings offers fine food, wine, micro-brews, spirits, and music in the gardens of the Salem fairgrounds. Includes admission to the fair.

Spirits festival

August 19 - 20, 2017

Downtown Portland

Buy signature cocktails from vendors and food from 20 booths at Spiritsfest at Waterfront Park. Free entry.

Wine tasting

August 20, 2017 (3 p.m., VIP 1 p.m.)

6 miles SW

Taste 35 Northwest wines paired with sweet and savory bites at Vine & Dine in Multnomah Village.

People in the street

August 20, 2017

Located 8.1 miles east

Walk, bike, or roller-skate on 7 miles of streets during Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways when most cars are banned. Nearby parks offer activities and music. Free.

Solar eclipse

August 21, 2017

60 miles south

Day will turn to night for up to two minutes when a Total Solar Eclipse rolls across parts of Oregon, including Newport, Salem, Albany, and Madras. The starting time & duration vary by city. Expect traffic jams and no vacant hotels or campsites. Free.

Italian festival

August 24 - 26, 2017

0 miles

Festa Italiana offers live music, pizza tossing, grape stomping, Italian food, a wine and beer garden, and vendors in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Free entry.

Relay to the Pacific Ocean

August 25 - 26, 2017

Located 7 or 62 miles SE

Hood to Coast Relay is a 198-mile relay of 12,000 runners from Mt. Hood’s Timberline Lodge. Portland To Coast Walk Relay is a 129-mile relay of 4,000 walkers from Portland. Both end at an ocean party.

Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

9 miles north

Drink wine, listen to jazz, and shop from arts and crafts booths at Vancouver Wine & Jazz Festival [sound] at Esther Short Park in Vancouver, WA.

Fairy festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

25 miles NW

Faerieworlds is billed as the world’s largest faerie festival and features costumed faeries, music, entertainment, a food court, and 150 vendors of art, literature, and crafts at Horning’s Hideout in North Plains.

Farm food festival

August 25 - 27, 2017

30 miles SW

Enjoy meals, tours, outings, and classes that feature local farms, chefs, and wineries during the highly acclaimed Bounty of Yamhill County.

Bluegrass music

August 25 - 27, 2017

51 miles SE

Oregon Bluegrass Association’s Picker’s Fest offers music in the mountains and optional camping at Zigzag Mountain Farm in Rhododendron.

Oregon State Fair

August 25 - Sept. 4, 2017

49 miles south

See farm animals and craft displays, eat fair food, drink local beer and wine, take carnival rides, and be entertained at the Oregon State Fair in Salem.

Tasting in Sandy

August 26, 2017

31 miles SE

Taste locally produced beer, wine, and food at Sip, Eat, Stroll, and Honeybee Festival, which includes craft vendors and live music at a park-like setting in Sandy to fund charity.


August 26 - 27, 2017

0.5 miles east

MusicfestNW is a music festival with 18 acts and food vendors at Tom McCall Waterfront Park for age 21+.

Dahlia Festival

August 26 - 28 and Sept. 2 - 4, 2017

26 miles south

View 400 floral arrangements of dahlias indoors, 40 acres of dahlias outdoors, and dahlia growing and arranging demos at the Dahlia Festival at Swan Island Dahlias in Canby. See schedule. Free.

Hawthorne Street Fair

August 27, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

2.5 miles east

Hawthorne Street Fair has vendors, family activities, beer gardens, and live music on the sidewalks of SE Hawthorne Blvd., mostly from 31st to 41st. Free.

Car & boat show

August 27, 2017

8 miles south

The Collector Car & Classic Boat Show is spread over three locations in Lake Oswego. Free.

Concerts in the Park

August 2017 (undated)

Portland parks

Bring a blanket or chairs to hear a variety of Concerts in the Park. Free.

See separate page for Washington Park.

Movies in the Park

August 2017 (undated)

Portland parks

Movies in the Park begin with entertainment at 6:30 followed by movies at dusk. Bring coats. Free.

Bette Davis & Joan Crawford films

August 2017 (undated)

0.3 miles SW

Bette & Joan is a film festival featuring the two feuding Hollywood stars at Portland Art Museum.


August 2017 (undated)

0.5 miles NE

Welcome to Burlesque Tour features top burlesque performers demonstrating their sultry art form on the stage at Dante’s.

Short-film winners

August 2017 (undated)

4 miles NE

The 48 Hour Film Project gives teams 2 days to make short films. See the best results at Hollywood Theatre.

Festival of beer, wine, cider, and pickles

August 2017 (undated)

12.2 miles NW

Oregon Fermentation Festival has fermented foods, food trucks, a beverage garden, workshops, and family-friendly entertainment at a Sauvie Island farm.

Newport beer festival for dogs

August 2017 (undated)

137 miles SW

Rogue Ales & Spirits created Brewer’s Memorial Ale Fest to honor its dog named Brewer. It features 30 micro brews, live music, dog dancing, dog games, a look-alike contest, and a dog wash in Newport.
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